(VALLEJO, Calif. – June 6, 2014) – Teams from the United States, Canada, and Wales will be competing in an international robotic sailing competition beginning this weekend at Cal Maritime.
The SailBot 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta is a robotic sailing competition historically held in North America in which teams of university and college students compete. The first event, in 2006, was hosted by Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and inspired by the success of a senior project at the University of British Columbia to build a robotic sailboat.
The goal is to create an unmanned sailboat that navigates through a variety of challenges with limited, if any, human control. Students are able to use this friendly competition between schools to apply their engineering knowledge in a multidisciplinary task that requires mechanical, electrical, and software skill to deal with this highly variable environment.
The competition is open to the 1-meter, 2-meter SailBot Class, and an Open Class which is for boats up to 4 meters in length. The sailboat competition consists of multiple events and will run June 7-13. Teams competing this year are from Aberystwyth University in Wales, Virginia Tech, the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of British Columbia, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The best times to observe the competition at Cal Maritime will be on Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10 from 11:00 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Information about parking on campus is available online at www.csum.edu/web/about/parking. More information about Sailbot 2014 and the schedule of events is online at www.sailbot.org.